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Notes over Aquinas

  • Course: Philosophy 101
  • Professor: Romero
  • School: Creighton University, NE
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Aquinas
If we are perfectly happy we will have god in our presence and happiness is a beatific vision. Humans have deliberate will, which means they can make decisions based on reason rather than instinct like animals.

Wealth leads to all of the other things that are believed to be needed for happiness. Two types of wealth- natural and artifical.
Natural is like food, clothing, & shelter – the natural things created in nature necessary for survival. Artificial- money and cars, things made by humans

You can’t have happiness in health since you will die because of your health no matter what. Health doesn’t guarantee happiness.

Honors does not lead to happiness. Honor is what is given to us & moves us closer to happiness, but honor is extensic while happiness is intersic (I don’t know if these are spelled correctly my hand writing sucks). Happiness is intersic & since honors is extensic it means honors doesn’t give happness.

Fame & glory does not mean happiness. Fame & glory means someone is praised by the people and is well known, but it doesn’t matter how people know you. What matters is to be known by god. God knows you differently then everyone else.

Power cannot create happiness. Most power is imperfect. Power can be both good and evil, but happiness is only proper and good so it cannot be power. Happiness is man’s supreme good, therefore it cannot go with any evil. Then also, power is a principle, but happiness is the last end.

Happiness does not consist in pleasure (delight), but pleasure is a side effect that comes with happiness.

Whether some good of the soul constitutes man’s happiness? Courage and virtue belong to the soul, but it is impossible for man’s last end to be the soul itself. Happiness belongs to the soul but it must be obtained from somewhere else.

No created good (artificial wealth) can bring happiness. Happiness is the perfect good, but some artificial things are evil. Happiness is good that satisfies man’s...
Aquinas
If we are perfectly happy we will have god in our presence and happiness is a beatific vision.
Humans have deliberate will, which means they can make decisions based on reason rather than instinct like
animals.
Wealth leads to all of the other things that are believed to be needed for happiness.
Two types of wealth- natural and artifical.
Natural is like food, clothing, & shelter – the natural things created in nature necessary for survival.
Artificial- money and cars, things made by humans
You can’t have happiness in health since you will die because of your health no matter what. Health doesn’t
guarantee happiness.
Honors does not lead to happiness. Honor is what is given to us & moves us closer to
happiness, but honor is extensic while happiness is intersic (I don’t know if these are
spelled correctly my hand writing sucks). Happiness is intersic & since honors is extensic
it means honors doesn’t give happness.
Fame & glory does not mean happiness. Fame & glory means someone is praised by the
people and is well known, but it doesn’t matter how people know you. What matters is to
be known by god. God knows you differently then everyone else.
Power cannot create happiness. Most power is imperfect. Power can be both good and
evil, but happiness is only proper and good so it cannot be power. Happiness is man’s
supreme good, therefore it cannot go with any evil. Then also, power is a principle, but
happiness is the last end.
Happiness does not consist in pleasure (delight), but pleasure is a side effect that comes
with happiness.
Whether some good of the soul constitutes man’s happiness? Courage and virtue belong
to the soul, but it is impossible for man’s last end to be the soul itself. Happiness belongs
to the soul but it must be obtained from somewhere else.
No created good (artificial wealth) can bring happiness. Happiness is the perfect good,
but some artificial things are evil. Happiness is good that satisfies man’s appetite, and
the only thing that can satisfy man to bring him happiness is God.
Question 3:
Happiness is an operation (activity). We must act for happiness as it is actual.
Happiness is in the intellective part.
Two things are needed for happiness: the essence of happiness and the delight
connected with it.
Happiness does not consist in the act of the will, but it does exist in the intellect because
we attain an intelligible end, and it is made present with us through the act of the
intellect, But the delight that results from happiness pertains to the will.
Happiness is an operation of the speculative rather than the practical intellect. First
because happiness is man’s highest operation and his highest power is in the intellect.
Man’s happiness is in two parts- perfect and imperfect. Imperfect is this life we live now
with the body, while perfect happiness is with the soul and god.